30A South Walton PicMonkey Collage4 THURSDAY: “Bite Size” Plays at THE REP to Benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge

30A South Walton REP Shorts  ALAQUA 697x1024 THURSDAY: “Bite Size” Plays at THE REP to Benefit Alaqua Animal RefugeTheatre-goers will not only support their local arts organization by attending a special performance at THE REP this Thursday — they’ll also be helping Alaqua Animal Refuge.

The special Thursday July 31st performance of Seaside Shorts — a ‘bite-sized’ collection of short plays — will help raise money for the Walton County-based animal shelter, the area’s only “no-kill” sanctuary that’s currently home to more than 250 animals.

“We have enjoyed a fun-filled season,” said The REP’s Executive Director, Brook Stetler. “What better way to enter the ‘dog days of summer’ than to add a performance that will benefit a cause we are all so happy to support.”

“Seaside Shorts” is a collection of five short plays by established and emerging playwrights and is performed at a fast-pace by the cast of The REP, the Gulf Coast’s leading professional theatre company.

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30A South Walton 10446495 508120332621603 6039379738735754130 n Register Now for the 2014 30A 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Registrations are now open for the Third Annual 30A Thanksgiving Day Race & 1 Mile Fun Run to be held on November 27th, 2014.

30A South Walton 1486880 441803552586615 551500286 n Register Now for the 2014 30A 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Last year, 30A 10K presented a $40,000 check to Donations 4 Danny, Food For Thought Outreach Inc and Lighthouse Family Retreat.

Mark your calendar for the 30A Thanksgiving 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run because it’s going to be another fantastic race. This year, they’re limiting participation to 3,000 RUNNERS, so secure your spot as soon as possible, especially since this year’s 30A 10K is an official RRCA Championship Race!

Over the years, long-distance running has become synonymous with the noble cause of raising funds for charities, and the 30A 10K is certainly no exception. In fact, the 30A 10K race team has been hard at work to make this year’s race not only a spectacular event, but also to use it as an opportunity to give back to the community in the spirit of the Thanksgiving season.

Since the race’s inception just two years ago, the 30A 10K Charity Race has donated over $58,000 to local non-profits.

If you’re not a runner or walker, you can still get involved in this wonderful 30A tradition! For example, please consider volunteering to help with parking or water stations. If you’re interested in helping, please email the 30A 10k team.

Click here now to register!

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30A South Walton Gulf Place 175 Gulf Place is a Pet Lovers ParadiseWith a sprawling grass amphitheater, plenty of sidewalks, park benches, outdoor dining spaces, and a super-cute cluster of shops that specifically cater to the whims of every pooch, Gulf Place is undoubtedly Scenic Highway 30A’s pet-friendliest place. Unofficially called “Bark Avenue,” this family of pet-centric merchants is on every local pet owner’s speed-dial list.

Furry Fanatics: Pet Supplies

56 Spires Lane, Unit 12A | 850-278-6902 | www.furry-fanatics.com

Furry Fanatics offers a complete and unique selection of all-natural pet foods, treats, supplies and novelties. Owner Julie Brown is simply the kindest, sweetest soul you’ll ever meet, and her genuine passion for all-things-animals is evident from the first moment you walk through the doors. Furry Fanatics also carries official “30A” and “Dogs of 30A” pet gear. Furry Fanatics is the must-stop spot for treats following every grooming and vet visit.

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30A South Walton 10390019 578150238949048 4158902442775107702 n YOLO Board Relay Series Continues at The Bay on Aug 7Standup paddle boarders and fans are loving the 7th Annual YOLO Board Relay Series, presented by Sandcastle Escapes Vacation Rentals and Sales.

Remaining scheduled races (weather permitting) are set for Thursday, July 17th and August 7th at The Bay, located at the foot of the 331 bridge in Santa Rosa Beach.

SCHEDULE:

4:30 PM - Special Olympics Florida Athletes Relay
5:30 PM - Women’s Relay
6:00 PM - Men’s Relay
6:30 PM - CoEd Relay

Please arrive early to check-in. Carpooling is recommended, and The Bay will have valet parking available as well as overflow parking across the street. A deputy will be on hand to assist anyone crossing Highway 331. The Bay will of course serve up great food and Grayton Beer will be on-hand with beverages.

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30A South Walton Book Cover 740 x 480 NEW BOOK! Meet Me on 30A by Susan Vallee

Cover Photo by Brandon Babineaux

We are super-excited to announce that our very first 30A book is now hitting local shelves! The book — published by Southwestern Publishing Group — is entitled Meet Me on 30A and it’s written by long-time local resident and author Susan Vallee. 

In the book, Susan delicately blends together Old Florida village life with New Urbanism’s resorts and towns, protected habitats and pristine beaches, as only someone who enjoys it every day could do. But Susan’s certainly not the only local who helped pull together this gorgeous 128-page book.

“The book features stunning images by so many world-class photographers,” said 30A’s Mike Ragsdale, who wrote the book’s foreword. “The book also features over two dozen recipes from 30A’s top chefs and restaurants.”

The book features photography by Lauren Alsobrook, Brandon Babineaux, Jamie Conley, Tommy Crow, Amanda FaganJack Gardner, Sheila Goode, Paul Johnson, Shelly Swanger, Jay Thomas, Jacqueline Ward and Dawn Chapman Whitty among others. The dozens of images found throughout the book perfectly capture the unique beauty of 30A’s communities, rare coastal dune lakes, state parks, local restaurants and shops, signature annual events, and of course, Scenic 30A’s pristine white-sand beaches.

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30A South Walton 110116 WC DECK 001 Fish Out of Water Receives Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator

Fish Out of Water

The famous Fish Out of Water restaurant at WaterColor Inn and Resort just added to its growing list of honors with an “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine.

Fewer than 3,000 restaurants worldwide make this prestigious list, and the award is bestowed on restaurants that feature an exceptionally well-chosen selection of wine from quality producers, usually offering at least 90 wine selections on the menu.

“Our wine program boasts more than 475 selections,” said Tony Liartis, Director of Food and Beverage at St. Joe Club & Resort’s gulf-front WaterColor Inn and Resort. “Currently, we have 3,649 bottles in our inventory and our goal is to provide guests with an extensive selection of wines from around the globe at a range of prices.”

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Drinking 30A Beach Blonde Ale – brewed by Grayton Beer Company — is pretty darn fun to begin with. But deciding who’s gonna buy the next 30A beer can be something of an awkward dilemma. So, we decided to come up with a little game to help speed along any possible brew bureaucracy.

30A South Walton photo 1024x745 How to Play the 30A Beer Bottle Cap Game

Our version of “The Secret,” but without all of the metaphysical mumbo jumbo.

Underneath each 30A bottle cap, you’ll find one of these three symbols: a SHARK, a HOOK or a CRAB.

And the game is pretty simple, because it’s just our beachy knock-off of ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS. Simply pop a couple of tops and compare your symbols:

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30A South Walton Jessie Taylor 175 WaterColor Merchants Offer Everything Under the 30A SunBy Jessie Taylor

30A South Walton Blue Giraffe WaterColor Merchants Offer Everything Under the 30A SunWaterColor Merchants offer everything that your little heart could ever desire. I know this firsthand after meeting with Debbie Taylor and Christi Sheffield, the owners of The Blue Giraffe in WaterColor. For three hours, Debbie graciously gave me a personal tour of the many fabulous shops that WaterColor has to offer. Not only do these shops have everything that you could possibly need for a fun beach vacation, but these shop owners clearly share a special kinship that radiates all around WaterColor’s main square.

The WaterColor Merchants are not just a family-friendly series of stores: They’re like a family themselves.

Trekking around WaterColor, I got to know each store’s unique personality, and all of the many different things that they offer our community and 30A visitors. Just as I had the chance to get to know all of these wonderful people and their businesses, I’m now excited to offer you the same opportunity. Let’s start with The Blue Giraffe, because without the time they spent personally touring me around, there certainly wouldn’t be any article to read:

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